Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dr. Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A.


I really meant to go to bed at a good time tonight, but I saw this photo of OJ Simpson that had great lighting on his face, and I got inspired.

Done on my Cintiq in Photoshop. I love my Cintiq.

Norman Mailer

I did this one entirely in ballpoint pen while waiting for After Effects to render a scene at work.

I've been watching some of the digital podcast Joe Bluhm does and it's inspired me to try actually rendering a face instead of doing simple line work. It's been a really long time since I've seriously tried drawing with values instead of black and white. I think this came out okay, but ballpoint pen is really unforgiving, and it's hard to make hatching look like midtones instead of lines scribbled on a face (after scanning this in I erased some of my more glaringly bad lines). The illustrator James Jean does shockingly fantastic sketches in ballpoint pen, I guess he just never draws a bad line.

Also, just to be honest here: I've never actually read anything by Norman Mailer. He's on my (embarrassingly long) list of well respected authors I haven't gotten around to checking out.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Javier Bardem

Here's my first shot at Javier Bardem from No Country For Old Men. I used some photo reference with this one, but none of the images are this exact angle.

While drawing it I thought I was pushing the features, but now it looks really tame to me. I'll have to give it another shot.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

No Country For Old Men

A nice thing about living in New York City is that a lot of movies get released here before they go wide. I saw No Country For Old Men today, and I think it's really great even though it did have three endings.

But while watching it I kept thinking what interesting faces all the main actors had. So when I got home today I drew Tommy Lee Jones from memory (though I did get some reference on the hat).

This is the first Photoshop drawing I've ever done. Before this, if I've draw in a computer, it's always been in Flash. The brush options in photoshop are really deep, but I don't really understand them that well, so I started trying to do a charcoal-esque drawing but got frustrated and reverted to pencil/hatching style I'm more used to.

Also I bought a Cintiq, so this is my first Cintiq caracature. I love it, but the colors on my cintiq are nothing like the colors on my other monitor. Anyone know how to fix that?